Isaiah 65:1-2 Truth; Sometimes It Hurts
In Romans chapter 10, the Apostle Paul wrote to the church explaining his outreach to the Gentile people:
But Isaiah is very bold and says: “I was found by those who did not seek Me; I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me.” But to Israel he says: “All day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and contrary people.” (Romans 10:20-21)
Guess where Paul was quoting from? Isaiah 65:
I was sought by those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me. I said, “Here I am, here I am,” to a nation that was not called by My name. I have stretched out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, according to their own thoughts; a people who provoke Me to anger continually to My face… (Isaiah 65:1-2)
These were bold words indeed from Isaiah, so bold, according to early church fathers and commentators, that for this cause, among others, he was sawn in two by his unworthy countrymen. In other words, the Israelites shot the messenger! Why? Because they didn’t want to hear the unabridged truth.
I can relate – my wonderful wife is a bit of an Isaiah – the Lord reveals things to her, and she’s willing to speak those things – sometimes rather bluntly. Truthfully, I don’t always like the words coming out of her mouth!
But, when she’s right, when it’s truth, instead of sawing her in half, I’ll set aside my pride and hear what she’s saying.
My point? Sometimes the truth hurts – and it hurts because truth exposes our faults. Often we’re willing to apply truth to someone else life, but the truth can be painful when it’s applied to our own lives.
Yet the truth is always exactly what we need – even if it hurts. Because friend, the truth is what sets us free:
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)
I’ve found that when I apply the truth of God’s word to my life, the result is always freedom. I may sacrifice a bit of flesh, but the freedom I find is totally worth it.
We can change the world, one life at a time…